History of the event
A unique event in North America
A hydroplane is a plane without its wings. Add to this definition a top speed of up to 225 km/h, frequent skidding and extreme thrills.
The Régates de Valleyfield are without a doubt a unique event in North America. Part of the Major International Events Network (MIEN), the 78th edition of the festival will be held on July 15th, 16th and 17th, 2016.
The event’s reputation and success is built on dedicated volunteers and loyal business partners. At the Régates de Valleyfield, passion is contagious and enthusiasm is legendary.
The Régates de Valleyfield’s DNA
- Over 80 years of history and know-how;
- A unifying festival;
- The only major event held in the Western Montérégie region;
- Three days of unique and thrilling races;
- Five electrifying nightly shows;
- A beautiful site located right in the heart of the city;
- 130,000 spectators each year;
- The incomparable work of 315 volunteers;
- Over 125 business partners;
- Economic spinoff of over $5M;
- An annual budget of $3M;
- 95 tons of residual material recycled from the site since 2005.
78 years of passion and tradition
1895: The first motorboat competitions are held in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield as part of public festivities.
1903-1906: The inception of the first actual racing competitions on bay Saint-François. The boats are equipped with two-stroke engines located in the center of the vessel and their speed varies between 12 and 25 miles per hour.
1938: Doctor Armand Clairmont, nicknamed the father of the Régates, takes over the event and gives it a more professional and official character. The junior Chamber of Commerce gets involved on the promotional front to develop the tourism industry of the region.
1988: The Régates de Valleyfield host the US National Championships, which is both an honor and a show of recognition from the motorized regattas’ community. 323 boats are registered to compete in the 50th edition: an all-time record for a motorboat competition.
Today: Since 2001, the Régates de Valleyfield have become an important sports and cultural festival. Added to the hydroplane races, outdoor concerts display a plethora of renowned artists. Hulls are now more aerodynamic and the boats can go up to 225 km/h.